Most sports outside of track sprinting do not offer the platform to showcase maximum running speed, yet sprint training does underlie the foundation of numerous sports activities. Just think of how many critical game situations in various sports are won or lost by the ability – or lack thereof – to shift into higher gear when needed. Increasing maximum running speed has a direct correlation with increasing ones power output. The fastest runners are those athletes who spend less time on the ground, which is greatly determined by the athletes’ strength and power in relation to their body composition. Although maximum speed is rarely achieved in sports, proper running mechanics and speed training will improve any athlete’s sport speed.
– Seated Arm Swing: This will help train the correct position of the arms as the hands pass the lowest point of the swing by avoiding contact with the ground.
– Wall Drills (Acceleration Marches): Help improve body angle, enhance muscle stiffness at ankle complex and improve elastic strength of the lower body.
– Wall slides: Improve posture, knee lift an enhance frequency I turnover.
– Starts: Improve reaction time and starting response and enhance first step quickness and acceleration mechanics.